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Before Sunrise (1995)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 0

Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

100

Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

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93

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 69,358

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Richard Linklater's third feature -- set, like his other works, over the course of one 24-hour period -- Before Sunrise is a sweet, intelligent romantic comedy filmed primarily in Austria. It stars Ethan Hawke as Jesse, a young American travelling through Europe. On a train he meets Celine, a French student portrayed by Julie Delpy. Together they leave the train to begin exploring the city of Vienna, walking and talking into the wee hours of the night and slowly falling in love as the minutes

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Nov 30, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (0) | DVD (11)

Cynical viewers who have left their optimistic, twenty-something years behind might find it difficult to connect with the characters, but Linklater deserves credit for crafting such an impressive sense of naturalism.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic movies of all time...

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

...a bittersweet celebration of romantic frisson - the notion that our most precious moments of connection are often the fleeting ones.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Linklater captures romance at the sunset of gadget-free existence ... holy moments when no gadget or lens comes between us and our immediate company and surroundings.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

The combination of optimism, tragedy, and the fuzzy warmth of new love is absolutely flawless.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

the film asks us to consider the very nature and purpose of our existence in a fragmentary, superficial and transient universe.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Linklater hasn't just crafted a detached portrait of a unique couple: he's painting a masterful examination of human nature, of that relationship we all want, but too often sadly see slip away.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A thought-provoking, likable, entertaining, beautiful, and well-acted piece of romance...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Acting tour de force that feels exceptionally real

February 9, 2007
Old School Reviews

Hawke and Delpy keep the tone not only afloat but mesmerizing. So natural are their performances that it seems impossible not to believe they truly are soulmates who are locked in a doomed, all-too-short affair.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Inspired by Godard's lyrical film-essays, Linklater revisits his unreleased debut (also set on a train), while paying tribute to Rohmer's cerebral moral fables. Though narrower in scope, this film is more mature and generous than previous efforts.

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Agreeably alluring.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

É como testemunhar duas pessoas se apaixonando uma pela outra em tempo real: algo simultaneamente mágico, comovente e de partir o coração.

September 26, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's the best pick up movie ever.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While it's a bit awkward and self-indulgent, it also creates two extremely vivid characters and one of cinema's more believable romances.

July 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

While the couple get...philosophical in their courtship dance, 'Before Sunrise' maintains an awareness of their earnestness without itself putting on airs of profundity.

June 8, 2004 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

One of the great screen romances.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Seemingly improvised and entirely natural but still structured and splendidly directed by writer Richard Linklater.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

This is one of only a small number of films that can transport us back to the surprises, delights, and enchantments of a first encounter.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Before Sunrise

One of the my favorite movies of all time. This is what great romance movies are made of.
April 21, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Sweet romantic movie about an American guy meeting a European girl on a train and spend the day together in Vienna. Similar story to serendipity.
December 28, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

I have mentioned in some of my past reviews that of the many different types of film I enjoy, one of them is the type where the story takes place over the course of a few hours or a day. This is one such film. This also happens to be a film by Richard Linklater (whose work I really enjoy).

I'm not real big on romance films, but when I can find one done right, then I'm usually pretty happy. This is one of those films. This movie is almost sickeningly sweet and romantic. It's also pretty honest and realistic. This isn't some sort of feel-good fantasy, it's two souls who meet, spend a day together in a city just wandering around and talking, then part ways- possibly never to see one another again.

This, like my favorite Linklater film (Dazed and Confused) is a film I would like to/wish I would have made. It's a simple concept, and shouldn't really work, but it does. I think it does work because Linklater knows that films don't have to have plot to be good. Not much really happens here aside from walking and talking, but it feels like an immense amount of time has passed once the end credits roll.

The characters have interesting things to talk about, and a lot of this reminded me of sitting in smokey bars and greasy spoons yakking my head off over coffee or beer with friends. In a way, I feel a lot like Jesse. I try to cover up romanticism with cynicism. I however, do not have the artsy, slacker attitude or looks of Jesse (or Hawke), and am not quite as cynical, but he is a character I feel I am on a similar plane with. Julie Delpy is charmingly cute, but not a sexy bombshell. I'm okay with that. I think she's a wonderful actress (with talent and looks), and she fits the part perfectly, as does Hawke. She seems too uptight and opinionated, just like how Jesse is perhaps too much of an immature bum. Even though these two aren't the most likable people, you can't/don't hate them because they are too similar to most of the world's population.

I basically loved everything about this film. The dialogue and performances have to carry it, because there's really nothing else, but that's fine, because those are done so well. The music and camera work are also nice. Besides just walking and talking the scenery is gorgeous, and the music is just as fun to listen to as the conversations. I think I may actually hate this film because I wish I would have seen it sooner and also because this is the type of thing I'd love to do (cinematically and in real life). I'm mad that this film beat me to it.

It's a wonderful concept and the ending for me was just great. Had this been directed by some other director, most of this (if not all of it) would have been false, too sappy, and had an eyerolling worthy ending. Bravo.
December 4, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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November 22, 2013
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    1. Jesse: Everything that's interesting costs a little bit of money. I'm telling you.
    – Submitted by Prattay S (8 months ago)
    1. Celine: Feminism is made by males so they can ask the females to free their bodies.
    – Submitted by Reza P (10 months ago)
    1. Jesse: After that breakup, I just wanna be a ghost, completely anonymous.
    – Submitted by Reza P (10 months ago)
    1. Celine: Media is the new form of fascism.
    – Submitted by Reza P (10 months ago)
    1. Jesse: I don't know, I think that if I could just accept the fact that my life is supposed to be difficult. You know, that's what to be expected, then I might not get so pissed-off about it and I'll just be glad when something nice happens.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
    1. Celine: Each time I wear black, or like, lose my temper, or say anything about anything, you know, they always go, "Oh it's so French. It's so cute." Ugh! I hate that!
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
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